Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) is throwing his support behind Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) ahead of the December special election.
Cruz praised Moore in a post on his website Tuesday, portraying the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice as a constitutional conservative.
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“[Voters] can choose a liberal Democrat, who will stand with Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE to raise taxes, weaken our military, open our border, and undermine our constitutional rights. Or, they can choose to elect Judge Roy Moore, a conservative who will proudly defend Alabama values,” Cruz wrote.
Cruz also praised Moore’s “lifelong passion for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”
Cruz is the latest conservative GOP senator to back Moore ahead of the special election Dec. 12, when Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones.
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Louisville passes ‘Breonna’s Law’ banning no-knock warrants Rand Paul aide joins Trump campaign, RNC fundraising group MORE (R-Ky.) endorsed Moore last week, saying the judge has “spent a lifetime defending and standing up for the Constitution,” and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Senate headed for late night vote amid standoff over lands bill Hillicon Valley: Facebook employees speak up against content decisions | Trump’s social media executive order on weak legal ground | Order divides conservatives MORE (R-Utah) also endorsed Moore.
A Fox News poll last week found Moore and Jones tied with 42 percent support each.
A number of controversial comments Moore has previously made have seen renewed attention during his Senate campaign.
Moore once argued the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage was “even worse” than its ruling that found African Americans were not citizens, and therefore property, and during a campaign speech in September, Moore lamented racial divisions between “reds and yellows.”
CNN previously reported that Moore implied during a speech to a church congregation in February that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks could have been caused by a lack of religious faith.
Moore, who defeated Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe biggest political upsets of the decade State ‘certificate of need’ laws need to go GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (R-Ala.) in a GOP primary runoff last month, is running for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE.